It is likely that Robert Griffin III will not sign a contract until at least one other player in the top eight draft picks signs. It would be most helpful if that player was the one who was picked immediately before RG3 was.We have it on good authority that a deal between Andrew Luck and the Colts is close. That authority is team owner Jim Irsay, who said as much on Twitter. Once Luck is in the fold Ben Dogra, RG3s agent, and Bruce Allen will have solid guidance on which to work out the contract.Despite the apparent optimism in Irsays tweet, close doesnt mean that a deal is imminent. You need not think back any more than to last summer when a resolution to the NFL labor dispute was close from sometime in mid-June until it finally was done in early August to know that a deal is either done or its not.Although the parameters of the contract are set by the CBAGriffin will get a shade over 21 million over four yearsother aspects such as the signing bonus and offsets, which affect how much a player will get paid if he is released and picked up by another team, are points that can be negotiated. It is not known if disagreement on such issues is holding up RG3s deal.The holdup could be something as simple as the calendar. Many of those who would be involved in negotiations on both sides have been on vacation. The Monday after the July 4th holiday is the traditional day for all hands to be on deck around NFL facilities so talks should be heating up this week.The traditional deadline for getting deals done has been the start of training camp. Under the new CBA, however, rookies can report about 10 days prior to the start of camp to get in some work but they cant participate unless they are signed. That is some very valuable time at Redskins Park for RG3 so the real deadline for him is next Monday, July 16.Given Griffins desire to soak up all of the knowledge and reps that he can, there is not reason to think that the contract wont get done in time. But given that it is a big financial transaction there isnt much reason to think that Dogra wont hold out to push for everything he can get for his client. Look for a deal to happen sometime over next weekend.
After days of speculation if Bryan Stork would actually end up in Washington, the former Patriots center clarified his next move via Twitter.
Redskins GM Scot McCloughan traded for Stork earlier this week after it became apparent New England intended to release the 2014 draft pick out of Florida State. It was unclear, however, if Stork would accept the trade to the 'Skins as he mulled retirement options.
Stork has dealt with a number of concussions in his two-year NFL career. After playing in a Super Bowl as a rookie, his 2015 season was limited by head injuries.
Coming to the Redskins, Stork may have an opportunity to compete for playing time. Kory Lichtensteiger is installed as the starting center, but he struggled in the third preseason game against the Bills and was lost for much of the 2015 season to injury.
McCloughan has openly said he wants big, tough guys up front on the offensive line. Stork - at 6-foot-4 and 310 lbs. - with a documented nasty streak definitely fits that bill.
Whether or not Stork pushes Lichtensteiger for the starting spot - or even competes for the No. 2 center job with Spencer Long - the price for Stork is tough to argue. McCloughan gave up just a conditional seventh round pick to acquire the former New England starter.
The Redskins have started the process of trimming their roster to 75 players by the Tuesday deadline. The team announced that 10 players have been waived.
- T Al Bond
- T Cody Booth
- LB Shiro Davis
- LB Ejiro Ederaine
- CB Jeremy Harris
- LB Willie Jefferson
- WR Valdez Showers
- WR Dez Stewart
- WR Jarvis Turner
- RB Kelsey Young
The only surprise on the list is Jefferson, who was thought to have a chance at an outside linebacker spot. But apparently the coaches are going to let Houston Bates and Lynden Trail compete for that spot.
The Redskins had 88 players counting against the 90 player limit. So with the 10 players cut today they are a 78, leaving three moves to make before 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Redskins received "good news" after linebacker Ryan Kerrigan underwent an MRI Saturday to further diagnose a groin injury he suffered in Friday night's preseason victory over the Buffalo Bills, according to multiple reports.
Was told It was good news for Ryan Kerrigan on his MRI. Uncertain if he'll have to miss practice time. That is still to be determined.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 27, 2016
Kerrigan was injured in the first quarter on Friday and he was held out for the remainder of the contest. CSN Insider JP Finlay said the injury was thought to be "minor" after the game.
The injury, regardless of the timetable for his return, exposes a larger issue about the lack of depth in Washington's linebacking corps. Finlay expands on that here.